20-year-old said to have been firing gun in Northfield, arrested after chase near school

NORTHFIELD — After a brief vehicle pursuit in the area of Union Sanborn Elementary School, police responding to a number of reports of gunfire in the vicinity of Granite Street and Elm Street around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday arrested a local man and recovered a firearm, which they believe was involved in the incident.

James E. Zanni, Jr,, 20, of Elm Street refused bail and was held at the Merrimack County Jail on charges of disobeying an office and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors, as well as two counts of possession of controlled drugs — methamphetamine and suboxone — and one count of possession with intent to distribute. He was also charged with transporting illicit drugs, a class B misdemeanor, and running three stop signs, a violation.
Zanni was arrested at his home where he returned after leading police on a chase. Officers secured a search warrant and found the the drugs and 9 millimeter pistol in the residence.

Zanni was on probation for prior offenses and will be held for 72 hours following his arraignment for violating his probation. He was arraigned yesterday in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division and held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail on the felony charges and $4,000 personal recognizance bail on the misdemeanor charges pending a probable cause that has yet to be scheduled.

Pretty rainbow caught on first day of fishing season

Cherene Drew, of Laconia, shown here fishing with Gary Berg on the Winnipesaukee River off of Beacon Street East, shows off a rainbow trout she caught on Friday, the first day of open water fishing season. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

Cherene Drew, of Laconia, shown here fishing with Gary Berg on the Winnipesaukee River off of Beacon Street East, shows off a rainbow trout she caught on Friday, the first day of open water fishing season in New Hampshire. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)

Accident at Gilford High School

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Police and fire personnel examine the engine compartment of a car that was involved in a minor accident Thursday at Gilford High School shortly after school ended. No one was injured but school administrators and police ask that motorists use extra caution when driving around any school and to keep in mind that area high schools are filled with young and inexperienced drivers. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo - Gail Ober)